Chicken Italia with Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Main courseServes 4

If the latest lockdown’s got you reaching for the comfort food then this delicious recipe from the team at Bedale based HECK is the perfect winter warmer. Using their Chicken Italia Mince alongside spinach and ricotta, this quick and tasty supper is the perfect combination of healthy and hearty to stave off those January blues. For more recipe inspiration and to buy online visit their website



1 pack (500g) Heck! Chicken Italia Mince

200g Conchiglioni Pasta Shells

180g Spinach

250g Ricotta Cheese

125g Mozzarella

430g Passata sauce

Salt & Pepper


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 fan
  2. Boil your kettle and in a large saucepan place in around 200g Conchiglioni Pasta Shells (or roughly 14/16 shells – along with some spares in case they break) and salt your water
  3. Whilst your pasta cooks, in a large hot frying pan add in oil and the Heck! Chicken Italia Mince and using a wooden spoon, break up the mince into small pieces.
  4. Once cooked and golden, reduce to a low heat and add in the spinach to allow to wilt. Add in the ricotta cheese and stir through until combined
  5. Once the pasta shells are al dente, drain off the water and set aside ready to be filled with the sausage mix
  6. In a large baking dish, pour in the Passata sauce, then start filling the shells with the sausage mix and very carefully place them into the Passata sauce dish arranging at an angle as you go to get as many shells in there as possible.
  7. Once the tray if filled, tear off pieces of mozzarella and place on top of the pasta shells. Season before covering with foil and placing into the oven to cook for around 25 minutes.  Remove the foil and allow to cook for a further 10-15 minutes to get the cheese nice and golden brown
  8. Remove and serve up with an extra sprinkling of cheese and fresh herbs on top